Female Professionals The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the greatest lesbian singers and vocalists.

They're talented musicians, gifted singers, and proudly gay. These are the most notable lesbian singers, as ranked by music fans like you. The best lesbian singers have made their mark in different ways. Some talented openly gay female singers are solo artists while other famous lesbian singers front popular bands. Many of the best lesbian singers have won Grammy Awards for their work.

Who will you vote to the top of this list of the best lesbian singers? Maybe you'll move Melissa Etheridge to number one. She came out publicly in 1993, the same year that she released her smash hit album, Yes I Am. “Come to My Window,” “I'm the Only One” and “If I Wanted To” are just a few of the hits off the release. k.d. Lang is another iconic lesbian singer featured on this list. Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, hasn't come out publicly, but has dated women. Other dynamic artists that appear on this list include Dusty Springfield, Beth Ditto, Sia, and Tracy Chapman. You will also find country stars Brandy Clark and Chely Wright on this list. 

Which lesbian singer is your favorite? Give your personal picks for best artist a thumbs up to move them up the list, and please add any vocalists who are missing.

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Hayley Kiyoko is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
100332244 added Synthpop, Pop music, Dance music
Hayley Kiyoko Alcroft, known professionally as Hayley Kiyoko, is an American actress and singer. She is best known for playing Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and Scooby-Doo! ...more
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636 233
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music
Tracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason", along with other singles "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", ...more
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709 280
Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music
Melissa Lou Etheridge is an American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album was released in 1988 and became an underground hit. The album peaked at #22 on ...more
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577 224
Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz
Dana Elaine Owens, better known by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedienne, and talk show host. ...more
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639 263
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
Sinéad Marie Bernadette O'Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. O'Connor achieved worldwide success in 1990 ...more
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567 222
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
RealKnowledge added Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative rock
Trish Best, known by her stage name Feloni, is an African-American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Her coming out as lesbian was featured on MTV's LOGO documentary show Coming Out Stories.
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507 221
Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie
Tegan and Sara is a Canadian indie rock/indie pop duo formed in 1995 in Calgary, Alberta, composed of identical twin sisters Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin. Both musicians are ...more
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411 181
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
Janis Lyn Joplin was an American singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo ...more
9
377 161
Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B
Linda Perry is an American rock singer-songwriter, and record producer. Once known as the lead singer and primary songwriter of 4 Non Blondes, Perry has founded two record labels, composing and ...more
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557 291
Ruby Rose is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Ruby Rose Langenheim, better known as Ruby Rose, is an Australian model, DJ, actress, television presenter, MTV VJ and recording artist. She is the face of Maybelline NY in Australia.
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436 217
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock
Joan Jett is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actress, best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, including their hit record "I ...more
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354 164
Indigo Girls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Folk rock
Indigo Girls are an American folk rock music duo consisting of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. They met in elementary school and began performing together as high school students in Decatur, Georgia, ...more
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322 159
Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae
Meshell Ndegeocello is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae and rock. ...more
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423 245
k.d. lang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music
Kathryn Dawn Lang, OC, known by her stage name k.d. lang, is a Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter and occasional actress. Lang has won both Juno Awards and Grammy Awards for her musical ...more
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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
ThothDynasty added Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper is an American singer, songwriter, actress. Lauper has sold over 50 million albums and 20 million singles. She has won awards at the Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, the New ...more
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310 190
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop
Sia Kate Isobelle Furler, better known mononymously as Sia, is an Australian singer, songwriter and music video director. Musically and artistically precocious from an early age, Sia became ...more
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222 124
LP is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
claudiadziarnowski added LP
Laura Pergolizzi (born March 18, 1981) is an American singer and songwriter who performs under the stage name LP. She has released four albums and one EP. She has written songs for other artists ...more
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143 66
Mary Lambert is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Miya Tiger Halla added Pop music, Neo soul, Spoken word
Mary Danielle Lambert is a Seattle-based singer-songwriter and spoken word artist. She worked with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on a track on their album The Heist. Lambert is the featured singer ...more
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201 126
Brandi Carlile is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock
Brandi M. Carlile is an American alternative country and folk rock singer-songwriter. She has released several albums including The Story, Give Up the Ghost and Live at Benaroya Hall with the ...more
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King Princess is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
liv7274 added
Mikaela Straus (born December 19, 1998), known by her stage name King Princess, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Brooklyn, New York. She is signed to ...more
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174 109
Lynn Gunn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
elmes added Lynn Gunn
Lyndsey Gunnulfsen (born March 15, 1994), better known as Lynn Gunn, is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the American rock band PVRIS, formerly stylized as Paris. She and fellow PVRIS ...more
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198 133
St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Indie pop, Downtempo, Folk music
Anne Erin "Annie" Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. She began her music career as a member of ...more
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188 127
Leisha Hailey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Leisha Hailey is an American actress and musician most widely known for playing Alice Pieszecki in the Showtime Networks production The L Word. Hailey first came to the public's attention as a ...more
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179 128
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music
Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien OBE, known professionally as Dusty Springfield, was an English pop singer and record producer whose career extended from the late 1950s to the 1990s. ...more
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108 66
Lesley Gore is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Jon Milner added Pop music, Rock music
Lesley Sue Gore was an American singer, songwriter, actress, and activist. At the age of 16, in 1963, she recorded the pop hit "It's My Party", and followed it up with other hits ...more